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Dodd Technologies and Elation Proteus meet lofty challenge at College Football Playoff

Dodd Technologies, a full service live events production company in Pendleton, Indiana, near Indianapolis, had a busy start to the year thanks to the College Football Playoff national championship game, which took place at Indianapolis’s Lucas Oil Stadium on January 10th. Dodd worked on several projects associated with the game including a remarkable high‐rise ballet lit using Elation’s 50,000‐lumen Proteus Maximus™. The CFP national championship presented a unique opportunity for the city to shine. Over the weeklong festivities, Dodd lit up the JW Marriott hotel and Lucas Oil Stadium, along with a series of concerts by national acts that took place at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. One of the more extraordinary events however took place high above Monument Circle on the 701’ tall Salesforce Tower, where a vertical dance troupe performed across the façade of the building.

“One of the more unique happenings the city planned was a performance by a group called Bandaloop, an aerial dance company that perform choreographed dance on the side of high‐rise buildings using climbing equipment. We were called on to light the performance, but with wintry weather and performers hundreds of feet up on the side of a building, we were faced with a number of challenges,” commented Andy Meggenhofen, lighting and production designer at Dodd Technologies.

The aerial troupe, who custom‐ choreographed the show based on the building architecture, performed at night between the 23rd and 49th floor of the high‐rise. The unique circumstances demanded an exceptional lighting fixture. “We required quite a bit of horsepower and also needed a fixture with shuttering capability and the Proteus Maximus fulfilled both of those roles. We also needed an IP‐rated fixture that could stand up to the demands of working high up on a skyscraper in the winter,” Meggenhofen stated.

Dodd Technologies employed other Elation lights elsewhere in the city, namely high‐power CW Profile HP IP™ IP65‐rated ellipsoidals to project team logos onto building facades.

Elation product support on the project came from manufacturer rep firm Five Lakes Marketing, with whom Dodd has a longtime relationship.


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